Geothermal Energy in Peru could provide 3,000 MW

The Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) reported that the location of Peru in the Pacific Ring of Fire, geothermal energy potential is abundant and, as the representative of the International Cooperation Agency of Japan (JICA) in Peru, Makoto Nakao It is estimated that at least 3,000 megawatts would be exploitable in the country due to geothermal power.

He noted that ratified the scope of work for the Master Plan for Development of Geothermal Energy in Peru agreed between the Peruvian government, represented by the MEM, and JICA. The agreement was signed on December 28, 2009 and its ratification was considered favorable in the context of the priorities identified for the development of Peru.

He said that such ratification was given by a decree of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MRE). The ratification underscores the importance and benefits, within renewable energy, that geothermal energy has to be the only one that offers high utilization factors by providing stable power supply for 365 days a year.

Geothermal energy is natural and in this sense, their use represents an opportunity to reduce oil imports. Another positive aspect is that geothermal energy generates clean energy, in this sense being environmentally friendly.

The Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) authorized the exploration of geothermal resources in the regions of Arequipa and Cuzco, to the company Hot Rock Peru SA. In this way, they will explore geothermal resources in the areas known as Turu, located between the districts of Caylloma, Suyckutambo and Sibayo in the provinces of Caylloma (Arequipa) and Espinar (Cusco).

By José Santamarta,